Clemson knows Virginia Tech is out for revenge

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (top) will lead the Tigers into the ACC showdown with Virginia Tech. The Tigers beat the Hokies for the ACC title last year.

Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins says the 14th-ranked Tigers won’t let recent success over Virginia Tech erode the team’s focus after a week off.


The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) return to work after last week’s open date. They start the second half of the season against what had been one of their difficult opponents in the Hokies, who had won five consecutive in the series before 2011. But last season, Clemson had a pair of dominating victories over Virginia Tech, including a 38-10 win in the ACC Championship Game.

“If you’re playing Division I football, revenge is a big thing you always think about,” Hopkins said Monday.

That certainly fueled the Tigers in their last game, a 47-31 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Oct. 6, Hopkins said.

“Georgia Tech ended our 8-0 season” in 2011, he said. “And coming into this game, a lot of guys knew we had to have our revenge. Virginia Tech, we messed up their chance to win the ACC championship, so they’re going to have a chip on their shoulder coming in.”

Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1) also comes in with a bit of momentum, the preseason Coastal Division favorites rallying from 20-0 down against Duke for a 41-20 victory last week.

“We know we’re going to get their very best,” Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said.


TEXAS: Two days after another whipping at the hands of rival Oklahoma, coach Mack Brown dismissed any suggestions he may be ready to retire.

Brown said Monday that several prominent boosters told him keep his head up and keep fighting after the 63-21 blowout, the third time in Brown’s tenure the Sooners have hung more than 60 points on the Longhorns.

Brown is under contract under 2020 and is one of
the highest-paid coaches in the country.

“I have my energy. I’m moving forward,” Brown said. “I know I’ve got time to fix it and I know I can.”


TEXAS TECH: Coach Tommy Tuberville says linebacker Daniel Cobb was cleared of a felony burglary charge stemming from his arrest in August.

Cobb, who started practicing with the Red Raiders on Sunday, was expected to play on Saturday.


MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE: Coach Rick Stockstill says senior running back Benny Cunningham, who rushed for 217 yards in an upset victory at Georgia Tech, will miss the rest of the season after hurting his left knee.



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